The Chicago Running Bloggers, in partnership with Muddy Monk, will present the Run for Boston 5K at 9 a.m. Saturday, June 15, at Independence Grove, 16400 W. Buckley Road, Libertyville.
With the support of sponsors, 100 percent of the fees and the donations collected will benefit Who Says I Can't, an organization providing quality of life improvements for amputees.
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"I had an overwhelming need to help and contribute," said Katie Adams, the race director. "It is my hope that the event is proof that the running community is a force to be reckoned with. To prove to whomever did this that we are strong and will persevere and to remember those who were directly affected by this senseless act."
Adams, a member of the Chicago Running Bloggers community and the Chicago area-based author behind LiveHalfFullBlog.com, quickly worked to create an event the community can rally behind and show their support.
Coordinated with the assistance of local race company Muddy Monk, this event will bring Chicago-area runners and families together to remember those who were lost and affected by the Boston bombing.
For runners unable to attend the event, a virtual option is available.
Art Boulet, CEO and founder of Muddy Monk, said he's looking forward to giving back through this event.
"My entire family is from Boston. I was born in Newton, Mass., and had my bachelor party weekend at Fenway Park, so this is really close to my heart," Boulet said. "We look forward to lending our expertise to a great cause and pulling together our committed community of runners, joggers, walkers and supporters."
For information about the race and how to register, visit RunForBoston5k.com. As a display of unity, runners can choose to participate on-site in Libertyville or virtually, and race entries includes a tech shirt for both options. Libertyville runners will compete in a timed race with awards for the top male and female runners and enjoy a postrace party, complete with complementary 312 Urban Wheat Ale, fun activities and giveaways from sponsors.
Runners in any location can show their support by donating and running in their communities, then sharing a photo or blog post on the website.
To volunteer or inquire about sponsorship opportunities, contact public relations director K elly Janowski at firstname.lastname@example.org.